snowstorm made for white-knuckle driving. from cars being pushes and pulled in kansas city, to this car up in flames after revving the engine trying to get up a hill in kansas. inside the behemoth storm, it looked like this. visibility, probably about a quarter mile. and sounded like that -- there we go. thundersnow. highways were shut down from missouri to kansas. >> just lost control. due to the weather condition. >> reporter: scary? >> scary! yes, it is. >> reporter: ice was an issue in parts of arkansas and missouri, where freezing rain made travel dangerous. at the storm's peak, snow fell at an amazing rate, up to three inches per hour. look how quickly it adds up in arkansas on this time lapse video, and engulfs this friendly garden gnome in kansas city. here's where the big snow goes next. parts of the great lakes and northern midwest will get up to a half foot tonight. but back in kansas, farmers say every flake is welcome. so the water equivalent is just about 10 to 1, that's not much bigger than that, will that be good? >> an inch of rain, an inch of water is good, we'll take it.